• Network: AMC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 4, 2018
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Kelly Lawler
    Jun 4, 2018
    88
    The smartly written dark dramedy, created by Marti Noxon (UnREAL), is a delectable expression of feminist anger, a parable that eviscerates the patriarchy.
  2. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Jun 4, 2018
    80
    The turn of events is both proportionate to the intensity of its cultural critique and appropriate to a narrative propelled by dream sequences, waking nightmares, and lavish hallucinations. Soaps suds and bloodlust mingle effervescently.
  3. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Jun 4, 2018
    80
    Dietland may not single-handedly dismantle the beauty magazines, cosmetics corporations, impractical diets, and male gazes that place so many barriers in front of women achieving self-confidence, but it’s taking aim at those subjects with enough verve and freaky flair to make it impossible to ignore.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 4, 2018
    80
    There are subplots about Plum’s job in a Brooklyn coffee shop and a police detective investigating the militant group’s crimes that, two episodes in, don’t seem particularly promising. But Nash’s performance is awfully good, and Margulies manages to bring her own stamp to a role that seems inspired by Meryl Streep’s in The Devil Wears Prada.
  5. Reviewed by: Lorraine Ali
    Jun 4, 2018
    80
    Dietland is a wonderfully absurd exaggeration of the rage that’s driving sea change like the #MeToo movement. The Harvey Weinstein effect is satirized here, his depravity and the victim’s fury filtered through dark humor, and that dark humor woven into a quirky yet compelling drama.
  6. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    May 29, 2018
    80
    Dietland is a riveting whirligig of a show: a tale of self-discovery, a manifesto about sizeism, a screed against consumer capitalism and a mystery about a radical feminist terrorist cell that uses vigilante violence to punish rapists, pedophiles and... magazine editors. The anger it evinces against misogyny in the first two episodes is raw, searing and justified, but also a tad unfocused.
  7. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jun 1, 2018
    75
    Often funny, engaging, and not nearly as complicated as it sounds, Dietland does grow progressively darker. This is a revenge fantasy, and with Marti Noxon at the helm, both “dark” and “funny” come with the territory.
  8. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Jun 14, 2018
    70
    Dietland defies facile definition or a simple fit. At its most successful, it’s a lively walk through a woman’s struggle to redefine herself in a society telling her to disappear. But the hook, manifested in a mystery vigilante feminist hunting down rapists and child molesters, fails to solidify enough within the first three episodes to command our attention in a real way, beyond serving up the occasional static shock. At the outset of a show like this, any shortcomings in the secondary plot are excusable given the complexity of Plum’s interior world.
  9. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Jun 5, 2018
    70
    The show is still finding its footing, and its early episodes show promise if not precision.
  10. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Jun 4, 2018
    70
    Certain details suggest the show’s underlying analysis might be lacking--is the beauty industrial complex really more complicit in perpetuating rape culture and disempowering women than, say, misogyny and sexism? But watching the show toss a million balls in the air is riveting, even if I have no particular expectation it won’t ultimately drop most of them.
  11. Reviewed by: Allison Shoemaker
    Jun 4, 2018
    70
    Dietland may be a mess, but it’s got the stuff.. ... The sheer volume of things it’s doing makes it a confusing, sometimes overwhelming experience. Yet there’s something about it that’s winning. Enthralling, even. Its rage is immensely appealing. Its desire to jump from style to style and get weird is admirable.
  12. Reviewed by: Gwen Ihnat
    Jun 4, 2018
    67
    What if that view was expanded past a size 4? Like Plum says, it would indeed take a revolution for that to happen. Dietland tries hard to pull that revolution off, and may actually get there eventually. But viewers will have to wade through a number of conflicting conspiracies to get there.
  13. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Jun 4, 2018
    67
    It’s clear after the premiere that Nash’s performance and character are compelling; far more compelling than some weird terrorist plot, a delusion-driven sex tiger, and some secret agenda to bring down a powerful media mogul. While that last point could develop nicely alongside Plum’s arc, putting all of the plot lines together turns them into distractions more than effective talking points.
  14. Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    May 14, 2018
    67
    Getting hooked on Dietland will take patience that viewers may not have. As it stands now, the drama is like a diet itself--easy to start, and even easier to abandon.
  15. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    May 31, 2018
    65
    Whether Dietland can sustain the will-Plum-get-caught? story remains to be seen, but early episodes show promise.
  16. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Jun 5, 2018
    60
    Dietland’s biggest problem isn’t its tonal shifts; it’s the show’s structure, which is surprisingly haphazard for a drama so thematically complicated.
  17. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    May 24, 2018
    60
    It's unclear from the uneven chapters of Dietland how the wary and lonely Plum, whose misadventures in weight loss and unhappy body image take surreal fantasy tangents, will fare when her path directly crosses that of the sinister sisterhood. What's immediately obvious is that Dietland isn't likely to play it safe--or nice. [28 May - 10 Jun 2018, p.17]
  18. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jun 4, 2018
    58
    Nash is a great find, but Plum’s unrelenting self-loathing, communicated through too many voice-overs and the occasional meltdown (which, yes, the show reminds us with zero subtlety, is the result of years of mass media brainwashing and brutal cultural expectations) makes spending time with her such a downer.
  19. Reviewed by: Dave Nemetz
    Jun 4, 2018
    42
    If this were just a revenge thriller, or just a beauty-standards takedown, it might find its groove--but as is, Dietland is just too bloated to add to your DVR plate.
  20. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Jun 4, 2018
    40
    Dietland’s scattershot approach to plotting and its desire to be a quirky, dark comedy rather than lean in to its more sincere moments (and the treasure that it have in Nash) leave it as a missed opportunity.
  21. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Jun 1, 2018
    40
    The laughs in AMC's Dietland are about as frequent as vestal virgins napping on Harvey Weinstein's casting couch.
  22. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    May 31, 2018
    40
    For every moment that strikes just close enough to reality to make a pointed mark, there are about five more that feel far more scattered to the winds. Dietland wants to be a satire and a drama and all that lies between depending on its mood, and that determination to be everything often has it feeling more like nothing.
User Score
4.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 23
  2. Negative: 9 out of 23
  1. Jun 6, 2018
    8
    I watched the first two episodes and they were so much fun. Joy Nash and Tamara Tunie are especially good. Julianna Margulies has surprised meI watched the first two episodes and they were so much fun. Joy Nash and Tamara Tunie are especially good. Julianna Margulies has surprised me the most as I had no idea she could be so funny. I have to say that I am so happy to see Debra Monk in her role as Plum's mother. I loved Debra in Nero Wolfe and although her role here is small, she is excellent as always. I am happy with the acting so far and the production values are also very good. I think that this is a show that people will either love or hate. Those who love the show can and will see it for what it is; a satire that pokes at patriarchy and its values. If you enjoy satire, give this one a go. I highly recommend it. Full Review »